Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, said the federal government’s ban on Twitter operations was in the country’s interest.
The minister, who said so during his appearance before the House Information Committee on Tuesday in Abuja, cited various articles in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in support of the action that was officially taken in light of the security challenges. facing the country.
Mohammed said the federal government has started talks with the microblogging site to resolve the issue, however adding that until then the platform has remained banned.
Recalled that on June 4, the federal government banned operations of Twitter on the grounds that the social media platform was being used as a tool to destabilize the country. Representative Shaba Ibrahim (PDP-Kogi), a member of the committee, noted that everything would turn into insignificance where the national interest and security were at stake.
He said the minister had made the legal framework that supported the measures taken, adding that leaving such breaches by Twitter unchecked, until the president’s tweet was withdrawn, amounted to disservice to the country.
Another committee member, Fatuhu Mohammed (APC-Katsina) called for the regulation of social media as the time has come for the country to address the real issues it faces.
He added that while the Minister had not banned Twitter, with the permission of the President, the kind of insults to Nigeria’s sovereignty, coming from its users, was worrying.
Likewise, Representative Chinedu Ogah (APC-Ebonyi), also a member of the committee, said that if the law regulating social media had been implemented, the activities of the microblogging site would have been verified.
“For example, in China, social media is regulated and such a thing is not in Nigeria, and we have all these agencies capable of regulating in the country,” Ogah added. (NAN)